CHICAGO - Illinois
Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Monday announced her office will return
$500,000 to taxpayers after implementing efficiencies and cost saving measures
that allowed it to end this fiscal year with a budget surplus.
comes two months after Munger presented the General Assembly with a budget that
includes a 10 percent cut to Comptroller's Office operations costs for next
in January, I worked with my staff to identify ways to deliver the same high
level of service at a lower cost - and today we're seeing the result of those
efforts," Munger said. "If we are going to ask taxpayers, businesses and
organizations to do their part to help clean up the state's fiscal mess, then we
should do the same across state government."
Munger delivered the
taxpayer savings by consolidating operations and cross-training employees to
maximize staff time. In fact, the Comptroller's Office staff headcount is lower
than at any time in its history. At the same time, she continues to advocate
consolidation of the state's fiscal offices of Comptroller and Treasurer, which
would save an additional $12 million annually without sacrificing
"The bottom line is
Illinois does not have the money to cover current costs," Munger said. "It is
incumbent on each of us to find ways to become more efficient and deliver
critical services more affordably."